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Monday, September 15, 2014

10 Kauai Roadside Stops

Wailua River Lookout 10 Things to Do in Kauai
Wailua River Lookout
Visiting Kauai is all about enjoying nature on the garden island.  While your days will most likely be filled with hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, and other outdoor adventures that can take up the majority of a day, it is also enjoyable to take little road trips around the island making lots of stops along the way to view waterfalls, rivers, beaches, and more.  Here are 10 of our favorite things to see in Kauai when driving around the island.  Each stop is listed in order from the farthest point on the north shore to the farthest point on the west side of Kauai.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Ribe: Denmark’s Oldest and Most Charming Town

View of Ribe from Ribe Domkirke Denmark
Ribe as seen from Commoner's Tower of Ribe Domkirke.
Have you ever been to a town that is so cute you just want to pinch its chubby little cheeks?  Ribe is Denmark’s oldest town which means, as is true for many ancient towns, it is oozing with charm.  With Denmark’s oldest cathedral, oldest town hall, oldest hotel, cobblestone streets (if you can, arrange for them to be slightly wet and shiny from a recent light drizzle), red brick and half-timbered houses topped with mossy roofs, a Viking history, and its very own breed of dog, Ribe will be one of the most delightful stops on your Denmark vacation itinerary. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Hotel Review: Ribe Byferie Holiday Homes

Ribe Byferie Holiday Cottages Denmark

While we were traveling through Denmark we discovered a different kind of traveler accommodation, the holiday home or holiday cottage.  We learned the Danes holiday in a few different ways.  Sometimes they stay in hotels, sometimes they camp, and sometimes they stay in holiday homes or cottages like those at Ribe Byferie.  While we visited Ribe we stayed in one of Ribe Byferie’s holiday homes so we could experience a Danish holiday. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

5 Outdoor Attractions in Portland (And They're Dog Friendly!)

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden Portland Oregon
Portland's Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden.
Portland, Oregon can be a little chilly and a little rainy.  While these characteristics can sometimes make it gloomy and somewhat unpleasant to be outside, they are also key in making Portland’s outdoor attractions green and beautiful.  Visitors to Portland will want to visit some of these outdoor gems, and people traveling with their furry companions will be happy to learn that many of Portland’s outdoor attractions are dog friendly.  Here are five of our favorite dog friendly outdoor attractions from our visit to Portland. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Catalina Island: Six Degrees of Separation from Hollywood

Avalon Catalina Island
Catalina Island, Hollywood's playground.
It stands to reason that Catalina Island would have seen a lot of Hollywood history.  Catalina Island is within easy traveling distance from Los Angeles after all.  It’s even part of Los Angeles County.  But before we toured the Catalina Island Museum I had no idea how much Hollywood history had touched Catalina Island.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Set a Course for Kauai Lagoons Golf Club

By Romeo Belarmino

Kiele Moana Hole 7 Kauai Lagoons Golf Club Hawaii

A common question asked during a round of golf is, “How long you been playin’?”  I like to say my game is of legal drinking age.  So, as a seasoned golfer, I have mastered the art of the excuse after a mediocre round on a fantastic course.  My handicaps for this particular round of golf at Kauai Lagoons Golf Club were as follows:

Friday, August 22, 2014

Luxury Accommodations with a Unique Spin

Throughout our travels Romeo and I have stayed in quite a mix of accommodations.  We have rested our heads in little bed and breakfasts, historical hotels, dog friendly motels, thatched-roof cabanas and luxury resorts.  During our recent stay at Marriott’s Kauai Lagoons we were spoiled with island luxury and it got me thinking about experiencing other luxury accommodations with a unique spin.  Here are a couple unique luxury resorts I’ve found that I’d love to visit.

The Ranch at Rock Creek


The Ranch at Rock Creek Blue Canteen Montana